Tweaking and titivating

I use my own hand-made wallet most days (it’s a half size version of this wonderful tute). Although the design is good, because I carry a fair bit of change around, it sometimes bugs me that it is fiddly to get coins in and out of the flat pocket (it’s not so much of a problem on the original version because it’s so much bigger) – you can see that it might get tricky:

Small wallet

I had a patchwork wallet top all completed and ready to go, so I thought I’d try and improve on the pocket section using that as my starting point. So this is the pretty patchwork outer.. (are you bored of the linen yet?!):

Tweaked wallet

The fabrics are mostly from the bundle of Washi I got from M is for Make, but there’s a little bit of Hope Valley and Loulouthi in there too. I’ve done a sort of improv log cabin thing for the patchwork.

And this is the inside with the tweaked pocket. The zip is positioned at the top of the pocket, so that you can open it up fully:

Tweaked wallet inside

I’m pleased with the result (although the zip position got a bit curled when I sewed the sides – I was rushing to see how it worked – impatient as ever!), it’s easier to see what coins you have when you are fishing around for bits of change. It’s not quite right yet, but I have another wallet underway and will be trying it again.

I also used another invisible magnetic snap to create the fastening section – I am keen to try designs that don’t interfere with the patchwork on the front!

Tweaked wallet back

Tweaked wallet 2

Don’t these fabrics look lovely with the linen? Which is not so surprising when the designer is Rashida Coleman-Hale, Zakka-style queen! I love the Washi collection – I think it’s my favourite at the moment – the colours are stunning, the patterns work very well together, and I love the combination of the stylised florals with the groovy triangles.

I am so excited today because lovely Kerry has drawn me a gorgeous new logo for a planned new venture of mine. I wish I could show it to you right now… but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow, when I also plan to do a little bit of destashing in conjunction with The Fabric Marketplace. It’s going to be a great start to May!

17 thoughts on “Tweaking and titivating

  1. I just love your blog – I’ve been clicking and scrolling and reading for AGES!! Good luck with your fabric selling adventure – it looks like such good fun. Your sewing is totally inspiring. I love making accessories and am going to check out the wallet tutorial you’ve linked to – I’d love to see your pattern too 🙂

  2. The new pocket looks so much more accessible – and so neat as usual. Sound as though it’s all going on there! Looking forward to hearing your news!
    Teresa

  3. Oooh, very nice! I really need to bite the bullet and make myself a new wallet soon before the old one disintegrates!

  4. It looks gorgeously finished from here. Love those colours together, they really pop against the linen 🙂 im still in awe of people who have the patience and calmness to piece …. well done!

  5. Your wallet looks fab! I love the fabrics you used.
    Rachel x
    PS. We are now a month in to home schooling – thank you so much for the advice you gave, so far it is all going well!

    1. Oh congrats on moving into homeschooling, I am so glad it is going well for you. There can be tough times, but lots of wonderful positives too (not having to go out on the school run in this awful rain is one of them!!). Thanks for being so lovely about my wallet. xx

    1. Hi Katie, did you see my FB update? Am selling it for £14 incl. p&p… it’s cheaper than usual because the sewing isn’t quite as good as I like it to be. Just send me a message if you’d like it and I’ll send you an invoice. 🙂 Thanks for liking it!

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